Backed by the Verizon Wireless network, Shock City Cellular's service stretches through the nation’s airwaves. To support this expansive service network, each of Shock City’s physical locations operates according to three core principles: provide great customer service, do business ethically, and commit to staff development. With these guiding principles, staff members can help customers customize the retailer's two-year plans to accommodate how often they text, use data, and talk on the phone. Staffers are also always on hand should patron’s need a hardware update, with a selection of accessories and phones from venerable brands such as Samsung, Droid, and Two Tin Cans and a String.
Founded in 2001 as a specialty retailer for hobby enthusiasts, HobbyTron.com quickly amassed one of the world’s largest selections of remote-controlled vehicles and airsoft guns. Visitors fill their online carts with items such as radio-controlled helicopters capable of withstanding up to 200 pounds of force and spring-powered airsoft pistols that don't require gas or batteries to operate. HobbyTron’s collection of more than 5,000 toys and gadgets also includes science and robot kits, as well as magic tricks designed to keep newly built robots at bay.
If shoppers wanted to meet the artist who made one of the items at Sweetly Said Gift Shop, all they would have to do is get in their car and take a drive. Every single piece in the store was handmade by an artist living in Iowa, with more than 35 individuals contributing to the total inventory. The eclectic selection includes everything from embellished boots bracelets to goat's-milk soap, as well as framed art and colorful quilted bags.
At Teddy Bear Connection, children’s imaginations run wild as they dream up stuffed-animal friends and customize them with clothes and a full boutique of colorful accessories. After they pick out a bear, kitten, zebra, or other plush friend, they hand their future friend over to a staff member, who plumps the animal with fluff, maximizing cuddliness but minimizing its ability to slip under doors and raid the cookie jar. Animals leave the store as is or can peruse walls hung with outfits and shoes for any occasion, real or imagined, with their owner. Creators can add a song or sound to play when their stuffed animal is squeezed, or record their own 10-second theme song, catch phrase, or campaign slogan.
A haven for fresh flowers and all manner of plant life serving the Des Moines area since 1948, Doherty’s Flowers transforms backyards into arboreal havens and lends fragrant, colorful accents to front porches and gardens. Guests can also peruse the greenhouse and nursery at their own leisure, picking out lilies with which to beautify their home gardens and carnivorous plants to hide in their coworkers’ cubicle drawers. The shop’s florists stroll down the paths of their garden and nursery, carefully selecting bouquets of local and tropical flowers for weddings, gift baskets, and delivery to loved ones.
Cigar Source welcomes visitors into a world of fine cigars, handy accessories, and a knowledgeable staff eager to lead new arrivals through the rows of high-end tobacco products. At the BYOB lounge in The Club, aficionados enjoy their fine smokeables in the company of friends, watching movies and television as they relax on plush leather sofas.